Sweet Sips to Open on Valentine’s Day

It’s officially time to start thinking of Cupid’s favorite holiday — Valentine’s Day! For some, it’s a day when you get to celebrate your relationship(s) with loved ones, for others, it’s day to celebrate loving yourself, and sometimes there’s people out there feeling a bit lonely on this often romantic holiday. And that’s okay! Whether you’re in a relationship, or it’s a little complicated, whether you’re celebrating friends and family, or if you’re single and thriving, we can all agree that it’s always nice to celebrate love. Especially if it’s self love. So go ahead – treat yourself this holiday and open up a special bottle.

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Le Grande Verre, the company that features small French winemakers, and known for their single serve bottles, is offering a limited edition Valentine’s Day selection of curated wines for every palate. Le Grand Verre Love Triangle ($39.99) sampler packaged includes quality wines from boutique estates in Bourdeaux, Provence and the South of France. It’s a great way to sample a selection of wines without committing to a full bottle, and a fun activity for couples, friends, and singles.

Sauvignon Blanc grapes sourced from the renowned wine region of Marlborough, New Zealand, 13 Celsius ($13) wine boasts that unique minerality of NZ sauvs we’ve all come to love, along with vibrant aromatics such as citrus, lychee, and sweet herbs. It pairs wonderfully with prosciutto, lamb, shellfish and cheeses, making it the perfect bottle to pop on Valentine’s Day.

Hailing from Napa Valley, The Vice, a luxury wine brand, is known for producing their wines in small batches and creates using single grape varietals. Their 2019 Oak Knoll Malbec ($42) is a robust and delicious sip, with juicy notes of black cherry and sweet spice, notable tannins, and a hint of toasted nuts. Don’t miss out on this luscious red on this special occasion.
Capping off Valentine’s Day night with an after-dinner wine is a very sweet way to end the day. Pineau des Charentes is a fortified wine from France, similar to sherry or cognac, with a sweeter taste conducive to sipping. The 2017 Domaine du Perat Pineau Des Charentes ($29.99) can be enjoyed as a nightcap, throughout dinner, or served in a cocktail with some club soda.
Unrated, a relatively new brand seeking to challenge the wine industry, debuted a provoking wine last Fall, meant to be enjoyed however you see fit. Brought to you by Chilean winemaker Isabel Mitarakis, their bold Cabernet Sauvignon, Xtracab ($20), has an intense palate, with notes of black fruits and sweet tannins. The seductive, rebellious, and expressive labeling makes it the perfect V-Day treat.
H3 Wines, named for the Horse Heaven Hills wine region in Eastern Washington, boasts a handful of tasty wines for oenophiles. The H3 Red Blend ($13.99) is a very affordable option this year, and is comprised of predominantly Syrah and Merlot grapes (it also contains some cabernet and Viognier). Smooth tannins balance out flavors of raspberry, cranberry, cherry and rose petal, for a delicious sip that pairs beautifully with hearty meals such as lambs, stews, and strong cheeses.
Brought to you by the makers of the beloved brand Whispering Angel comes The Pale ($16.99), a dry rosé that’s equally as enticing. The Provençal wine has notes of light fruits with a clean finish and adds the perfect hue to your dining room table.
The ultimate gift set for Valentine’s Day comes from Belle Glos Wines, who are offering a limited edition stationary kit and wine set in collaboration with Dempsey & Carroll and Nicholas Sparks. The Belle Glos Love Letter Set ($255) strives to bring back the long lost art of letter writing, encouraging purchasers to write a letter to a loved one. The kit comes with custom Belle Glos stationery, a custom pen, wax and custom wax stamper, all inside a custom Dempsey & Carroll box, along with any three of your favorite Belle Glos wines. Talk about a romantic gift!

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